Champions League group winners watch as heavyweights wait in wings

It was Higuain’s first goal since scoring on Nov. “When we finished first last season we were eliminated [by Bayern Munich].“So it’s difficult to think rationally. Juventus had already qualified for the knockout stages, but the victory secured them the top spot ahead of Sevilla, which also advanced following a 0-0 draw with Lyon.Higuain blasted a strike into the top left corner from the edge of the area after being set up by Mario Lemina early in the second half. Karim Benzema had scored a goal in each half at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to give Madrid a convincing lead, but forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled the German side closer in the 61st and Reus netted the decisive equalizer in the 88th.Madrid was left with the consolation prize of matching the team’s 34-game unbeaten streak that had stood since the late 1980s.Cristiano Ronaldo was held scoreless for the fourth straight time in the Champions League, again failing to become the first player to score 100 goals in European competitions. Not this year. Yacine Brahimi scored twice, including a penalty, while Jesus Corona, Yacine Brahimi and Diogo Jota also netted.Leicester finished two points ahead of Porto with 13 points from six games.In its Premier League title defence, Leicester has 13 points from 14 games to sit two points above the relegation zone.Group HGonzalo Higuain ended his scoring drought as Juventus beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 to win the group. With the likes of titleholder Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain hanging around as possible opponents in Monday’s draw, group winners will be wary.“When we reached the final in Berlin [in 2015] we had finished second in our group,” Juventus chief executive officer Giuseppe Marotta said. His current total is 98.Group GFC Porto breezed into the knockout phase with a 5-0 rout of Leicester, which had already secured the top spot in the group on its competition debut.Porto’s emphatic victory over the much-changed English champions ensured it was not overtaken by FC Copenhagen, which beat Club Brugge 2-0 to finish with a Europa League place. The important thing in the Champions League is the draw. We’ll rely on destiny,” Marotta said before a 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb made sure the Bianconeri would finish atop Group H.Group EBayer Leverkusen finally scored from a penalty this season, although it needed help from the opposing goalkeeper, in a 3-0 victory over Monaco. 2 against Lyon. Juventus finished with 14 points, three ahead of Sevilla. Both teams were already assured of advancing to the Round of 16 before the final group matches and Monaco fielded a youthful side missing many regulars.Monaco finished on 11 points, one more than Leverkusen, which for the first time ended a group stage undefeated.Meanwhile, Tottenham won at Wembley Stadium at the third attempt, beating CSKA Moscow 3-1 to secure third place and a consolation spot in the Europa League.Group FA late equalizer by substitute Marco Reus earned Borussia Dortmund a 2-2 draw against defending champion Real Madrid and first place in the group.Dortmund also set a group-stage record with 21 goals as it stormed back from being 2-0 down. Higuain joined Juventus before the season from rival Napoli for an Italian-record €90-million ($128-million) after scoring 36 Italian-league goals last season to break a 66-year-old Serie A record. Defender Daniele Rugani added another for Juventus with a header from a corner taken by Miralem Pjanic. Lyon has eight points and will play in the Europa League, while Dinamo lost all six matches. Sevilla and FC Porto grabbed the final two spots in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday, while Juventus and Borussia Dortmund finished up with the debatable advantage of being group winners.A team that finishes top of its group will be drawn against a runner-up when the knockout stage begins – which usually offers a clear advantage.